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G-AMSV Returns to Coventry

An old friend returned to Coventry yesterday when G-AMSV, in her striking Indian Air force livery, landed here for extensive maintenance by our engineers. Sierra Victor was part of the Air Altantique fleet here for many years. She'll...

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Baginton Air Pageant

The initial details for the Baginton Air Pageant are up on the website! As we don't have the space for a full-on air show attracting 20,000 or so people, we're aiming for low-key, themed days like this. A couple of thousand people,...

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Newquay Pleasure flights

We promised we'd be back to fly in Cornwall, and here we are. We'll be heading south with a Rapide and Chipmunk to spend a week at Newquay from 25th July, with a further visit planned in August. The flights are bookable in the normal...

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New Dakota Book

Geoff Jones just told me that his new book on the DC-3, released to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dak's appearance, is now available. The cover sports a lovely shot of G-ANAF, shot by Simon Westwood before her radome goiter was...

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Nimrod Engine Run

We've just confirmed plans by NPT to run all four of the Nimrod's Rolls-Royce Speys on Saturday 9th May. We expect the thunder to start just after lunchtime. Come along and enjoy some audio power - and please dip into your pockets...

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de Havilland rapide: A stately classic
Manufacturer: Brush Coachworks, Loughborough under licence from de Havilland Ltd, Hatfield
In Service: 1934-1958
Purpose: As civil Rapide: Short-haul airliner
As military Dominie: Military transport, VIP transport, communications
Construction: Wings: Fabric covering on wooden framework, metal engine cowlings and undercarriage boots
Fuselage: Fabric covering on wooden framework
Tailplane: Fabric covering on wooden framework
Control surfaces: Fabric covering on wooden framework
Length: 34 ft 6 in (10.5 m)
Wingspan: 48 ft 0 in (14.6 m)
Height: 10 ft 3 in (3.1 m)
Weight: 3,230 lb (1,460 kg)
Power Plant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Six inline engine, 200 hp (149 kW) each
Maximum Speed: 157 mph (136 kn, 253 km/h) at 1,000 ft (305 m)
Cruising Speed: N/A
Range: 573 mi (498 nmi, 920 km)
Service ceiling: 16,700 ft (5,090 m)
Initial rate of climb: 867 ft/min (4.3 m/s)